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South Carolina Libertarian Party Asks State Supreme Court to Clarify that it can Continue to Nominate by Convention (April 16, 2014, 08:10 PM)

Before 2013, the South Carolina election law said that a party cannot switch from nominating by primary, to nominating by convention, unless three-fourths of the delegates to its state convention approve the idea. In 2013, the legislature made it even more difficult for a party that nominates by primary to switch to conventions. It amended


Lawsuit Filed Against Arkansas Law on Government Photo-ID for Voters at the Polls (April 16, 2014, 05:04 PM)

On April 16, some voters who do not have any government photo-ID filed a lawsuit against an Arkansas law which requires such ID in order for them to vote at the polls. See this story. The lawsuit is based on the Arkansas State Constitution. The lawsuit is Kohls v Martin, in Circuit Court in Pulaski


Link to April 15 Los Angeles Times Story on How Top-Two Injures Minor Parties (April 16, 2014, 12:31 PM)

Readers can read the April 15 Los Angeles Times story on how California’s minor parties are injured by the top-two system (Proposition 14), at this link, courtesy of the Redding, California daily newspaper, the Record-Searchlight.

Final Brief Filed In South Carolina Open Primary Lawsuit (April 16, 2014, 12:02 PM)

On April 10, the Greenville County Republican Party filed its reply brief in Greenville County Republican Party Executive Committee v Way, 13-2170, in the Fourth Circuit. The U.S. District Court had ruled that the county Republican Party doesn’t have standing to challenge South Carolina laws that require parties to nominate by open primary or by


Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Survives Attempt to Remove him from Primary Ballot (April 15, 2014, 08:39 PM)

Bob Guzzardi, the only person who petitioned for a place on the Pennsylvania Republican primary ballot against the incumbent Republican Governor (Tom Corbett) has so far survived a challenge to his petition. See this story. However, the individuals who tried to get him removed from the ballot will appeal to the State Supreme Court. The


Iowa Supreme Court Issues Splintered Decision on Which Crimes Result in Disenfranchisement (April 15, 2014, 08:04 PM)

The Iowa Constitution says that persons convicted of “infamous crimes” may not register to vote. On April 15, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion in Chiodo v The Section 43.24 Panel, 14-0553. The issue was whether an individual who had been convicted of an aggrevated misdemeanor should lose the right to register. Specifically, the


New York Governor Signs National Popular Vote Plan Bill (April 15, 2014, 01:28 PM)

On April 15, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S3149, the National Popular Vote Plan bill for presidential elections. New York is the first new state to have passed the plan in over a year.

Los Angeles Times Carries Story on How Top-Two Primary has Injured Minor Parties (April 15, 2014, 12:06 PM)

The Los Angeles Times of April 15 has a story, “Top-two primary might be bad for small-party candidates.” It has a picture of Cindy Sheehan, a member of the Peace & Freedom Party who is running for Governor of California this year. The link may work for readers, or it might result in the reader


New York Times Publishes Essay on the Usefulness of New and Minor Political Parties (April 14, 2014, 03:35 PM)

The Sunday New York Times, for April 6, has this essay by history professor Molly Worthen. It is about how the Progressive Party of Vermont was instrumental in causing Vermont to pass a single-payer health system, and it makes the general point that new and minor parties not only introduce new ideas, but they sometimes


First Debate for California?s 33rd U.S. House District Invites only Democratic Candidates (April 14, 2014, 01:46 PM)

One of the most interesting U.S. House races in California in 2014 is the 33rd, where incumbent Henry Waxman is not running for re-election. On April 13, the first debate in that race was held by the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. Not surprisingly, the Club, being an arm of the Democratic Party, only invited Democrats


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